Radio host Dan McNeil has been fired after making “degrading” and “unacceptable” comments about ESPN reporter Maria Taylor.
Entercom, the parent company of radio station ‘670 The Score’ in Chicago, sacked McNeil after he tweeted and deleted a sexist and misogynist comparison about Taylor.
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McNeil tweeted about Taylor during her debut as a sideline reporter on Monday Night Football, suggesting her outfit made her look like she should be hosting an adult film awards show.
“NFL sideline reporter or a host for the AVN (Adult Video News) annual awards presentation?” McNeil tweeted alongside a photo of Taylor.
Awful Announcing captured a screenshot of McNeil’s tweet before he deleted it.
“Dan McNeil is no longer an employee at The Score,” Rachel Williamson, regional president for Entercom, said in a statement.
“For each one of us our words have power. For our brands and on-air personalities that is amplified and brings increased responsibility how we choose to use our voices.
“Last night’s tweet, and its degrading and humiliating tone to a fellow female broadcaster, was unacceptable.
“We have the best teams in Chicago, and we must continue to hold ourselves to high expectations to continue to be leaders in our organisation, our industry and our community. We apologise to all who were offended by Dan’s words, especially Maria.”
Maria Taylor claps back at ‘sexist’ remarks
Taylor also condemned McNeil’s comment on social media.
“Well Danny Dearest if you would like to continue making sexist comments about me … please bring your misogyny with you to the NBA Countdown double-header I’ll be hosting tomorrow night,” she tweeted.
“Hey ladies remember you can wear whatever you feel confident in!”
Well Danny Dearest if you would like to continue making sexist comments about me...please bring your misogyny with you to the NBA Countdown double header I’ll be hosting tomorrow night. Hey ladies remember you can wear whatever you feel confident in! @670TheScore @DannyMac670 https://t.co/bN0H582isU— Maria Taylor (@MariaTaylor) September 15, 2020
Taylor’s tweet sparked an outpouring of support from the sporting world.
New Orleans Saints player Demario Davis tweeted: “100 per cent unacceptable! It’s time for men to stand up, respect and defend our women. 1st of all, put some respect on Maria Taylor’s name. 2nd of all, Maria Taylor is family … dude don’t want them problems.”
A number of ESPN colleagues also praised Taylor for her classy response.
100 % unacceptable! It’s time for men to stand up, respect and defend our women. 1st of all, put some respect on Maria Taylor’s name. 2nd of all, Maria Taylor is family... dude don’t want them problems... https://t.co/HaizcDrQc6— Demario Davis #56 (@demario__davis) September 15, 2020
Always ride with @MariaTaylor - I love you my sister. Keep being GREAT. These haters could never.— Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) September 15, 2020
Women in our business face a level of scrutiny and ridicule most will never understand. We are constantly attacked for our appearance, hair, clothing and voices. It’s PAINFUL. For Black women in media, it goes even farther. And it HAS to stop. Standing with you, @MariaTaylor. https://t.co/BmcolKs6zr— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) September 15, 2020
Yep, @MariaTaylor belongs at the adult table — far ahead of the narcissistic and self-important sports hacks who childishly spew bombast to cover their lack of depth. She is a brilliant, indefatigable analyst who covers so many sports with excellence. We are so proud of you!❤️👊🏾— Michael Eric Dyson (@MichaelEDyson) September 15, 2020
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